MLB advising A's on potential move to San Jose

02/21/2013 1:57 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin watches over Spring Training workouts.(AP)
Major League Baseball has provided the Oakland Athletics with tentative guidelines for relocating to San Jose. The guidelines do not mean the A's will be moving to San Jose soon, if at all.

The Los Angeles Times first reported that Commissioner Bud Selig's office sent the guidelines to the A's on the potential move to San Jose. The guidelines were based on the findings of a task force the commissioner formed in 2009 to help determine the best possible relocation site for the A's, including a potential move to San Jose. 

The A's began exploring the option of a new stadium in San Jose in 2009 after a failed three-year attempt at securing a new stadium site in nearby Fremont, Calif. The team has pledged to pay for a new $500-million stadium in San Jose.

A major stumbling block is the San Francisco Giants' territorial rights to San Jose. The Giants have opposed the A's moving into their territory. The A's would need 75 percent of MLB clubs to approve the move and rescind the Giants' rights. Any agreement that allows the A's to land in San Jose would likely involve a sizable financial payout to the Giants. Neither the Giants or A's would comment.

A move is unlikely to happen before 2018. In December, A's managing partner Lew Wolff asked Oakland Coliseum officials to let his team remain there through 2017. He pledged the A's would not leave before then "regardless of the outcome of our efforts to obtain a new facility in the City of San Jose."

The Oakland Athletics began playing at the Oakland Coliseum in 1968 after the franchise relocated from Kansas City. The NFL's Oakland Raiders share the stadium with the A's. 

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